Social News 1 September: Hashtag birthday!

What’s new in Social Media, September 1st 2017: Happy birthday hashtag, 360 photos in Facebook app, and why you should schedule content

What’s new in Social Media, September 1st 2017: Happy birthday hashtag, 360 photos in Facebook app, and why you should schedule content

Take 360º photos from within the app

Facebook users can now take 360º videos from the Facebook app itself, and upload them instantly for viewing on their Timeline, in albums, or Groups.

  1. Open the Facebook app and click ‘360 Photo’ from the top of your News Feed (near the update status icon).
  2. Press the blue button and take your panoramic image.
  3. Select your preferred starting point for the photo, and share.

Why you should schedule your content

Scheduling content is a topic that always divides opinions. Some say pre-scheduled posts are a bit lazy, and can leave your audience with unanswered questions. However, if you utilize a mix of scheduled and live content you can better engage your followers at the right time. Especially if you have a global audience. How much to schedule you and when is very much determined on the audience. Here’s 5 tips to deliver higher engagement.

Landscape and portrait albums in Instagram

Instagram now lets you post photo albums with landscape and portrait pictures. Since the feature was introduced in February, you’ve only been able to post square-format photos — very old-school Instagram. But now, you’ll be able to post pictures in the format of your choosing, rather than cropping down to a square.

Twitter hashtags are 10 years old

The most iconic Twitter feature is celebrating it’s 10th birthday. Exactly 10 years ago, before there were smart phones or even a Twitter app, one Twitter user came up with the idea of using the “#” symbol to group tweets together. Twitter users send more than 125 million hashtags a day, according to the company, which is celebrating the milestone with — what else — a dedicated hashtag and custom emoji.

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